You do realize this is from hashirama's Perspective, right... Not madara's!!! And how is discerning the truth of madara's will and intentions from hashirama's perspective, very effective and accurate way of determining what madara was actually "trying to do"???
Hashirama's perspective is merely how he perceived their interactions, relationship and the final battle between them. Which Not capable of explaining what madara was actually trying to accomplish.
Madara claims to want to fight to the death while hashirama claims he does not want to kill him, then lets go of such restraints and goes into Sage mode and summon freaking buddha. But, madara could have been boasting to want to kill hashirama to fool him into believing he wants him dead and even the village for himself.
Plus, it is already confirmed that Madara fought that last battle against hashirama to gain his DNA for experimenting to become the next sage of six paths. And that madara completely fooled hashirama into believing he was beaten and killed by him too.
As well as the fact that madara did not use one Amaterasu or Tsukuyomi against hashirama.
Pretty much, until madara explains the battle from his perspective. You have no way to prove that madara was not holding back to capture hashirama or just take DNA then fake his death.